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WORDS

This particular topic has been swirling around in my mind for years and now I feel that the time has arrived for me to finally speak on it. As you can see, the title to this piece is (WORDS) and I’m going to speak about the power that people give them.. What exactly are words except a means of which we communicate and interact with one another for whatever the purpose may be. They are fundamental and primarily essential  to our understanding and learning but otherwise are not relevant…However, there are those people in the world who understand the power that words can have and will not hesitate to use them as a tool to divide, control, manipulate and exploit… So Beware!
Now, the words that I want to talk about at this time are those that are used for the sole purpose of hurting people or to elicit deep pain… Words that are intended to dehumanize, marginalize, denigrate, demean, humiliate, belittle another person.. Words like nigger, cracker, coon, honky, wetback, chink, monkey, faggot, queer and etcetra…. These are the words that most often times than not folks allow themselves to be stricken by only because they give these otherwise meaningless words power when they don’t actually have any.. That’s right, I said it; Words have absolutely no power whatsoever unless you give them power…
What are they really except a bunch of letters strung together that we have assigned a definition to. I mean, you can’t actually physically take them in your hand and cause someone grave bodily harm as you can some object such as a rock, stick, knife, gun or whatever now can you? However,  for some inexplicable reason that is far beyond my comprehension, folks get all emotionally worked up over some words that some ignorant folks verbally hurl at them.. It’s no wonder this world is so screwed up..Let’s take these following words for example (nigger, niggers, nigga, and niggas) which carry a very distinct and demonstrative history of racism, hatred, bigotry, ignorance and violence intended to demean and destroy the spirit of Black folks. At the time it served it’s purpose cause black folks just had to accept what white folks and others were dishing out. They would string our asses up from a tree if we ignored them back then but it ain’t like that now so these so-called offensive words only have the power to inflict hurt and pain if we allow them to.
Let me share something with you; I had this  instance where this white guy said ( yo mama) to me in an attempt to get under my skin. Really? I felt that it was very comical and I was a little surprised given the fact that he had to be at least  in his fifties. I mean c’mon man ( yo mama), I’m sixty-two and I haven’t heard that since grade school….Consequentially I thought it was ignorant and childish and replied to him (was that the best that he could do) and I guess next he was going to call me a nigger? The situation could have escalated if I had engaged him but I would not and refused to give him power by the mere use of a few words. Those words he shot at me were  blanks and had absolutely no power to inflict damage.. I basically rendered them  and him, powerless. The dude had nothing else in his arsenal and that was that!
Man listen up, folks need to develop some thick skin and stop being so sensitive about meaningless crap and learn how to deflect that nonsense because at the end of the day, that is exactly what it amounts to, nonsense!!! There are far to many things of greater importance than folks allowing themselves to be a slave to a word… Really? Once you have shown anyone that they can get under your skin by the mere use of a word or words, you no longer have power or control.. It is important to your well-being and state of mind to take control of what you allow to get inside of your head folks and what you are reactive too.. I know it’s a difficult challenge but I have to ask; Would you want to have power over yourself or concede that power to someone else?
Whenever you react emotionally you are completely powerless and you are now easily manipulated by a couple of meaningless words that someone hurls your way.. Yeah, I know that there are those folks who will disagree and talk about the history and what black folks had to endure. Believe me when I tell you this, we aren’t the only people on the face of the planet who have had to endure persecution, pain, suffering and hardship. You can be sure of one damn thing and that is we won’t be the last and as long as folks allow the history of the word nigger to enslave them to that past, that’s exactly where they will remain. Listen up when I tell you this, it will serve you well to just let go of some history, otherwise you will never be able to move forward…Don’t allow a meaningless string of letters define who you are or control you my brothers and sisters…That’s all I’m saying..
Now some of ya’ll might get offended by this statement but; It’s time for those of you who are offended being called niggers, crackers,  faggots and whatever to move on ..Let it go so you can grow…
Just thought I’d throw that in there atcha so don’t take it personal… 
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The Face of Hypocrisy, Ignorance and Denial (a pale-skinned man)

Welcome, you have now stepped into the realm of truth and hopefully you will enjoy the read and become another enlightened soul…

Human values are the principles, standards, convictions and beliefs that people adopt as their guidelines in daily activities. Principal human values are the foundation on which professional ethics are built. They are a set of consistent measures and behaviors that individuals choose to practice in the pursuit of doing what is right or what is expected of them in a humane society. Most laws and legislation are shaped by human values. If a country professes freedom, equality and justice for all as well as high moral family values then the leader of this country should embrace and reflect those same principles and values…

Now I for one am extremely aware of the pervasive and ubiquitous nature of hypocrisy in the makeup of our species and our society… I am aware of how it courses through the arteries of  the most unaltruistic of our kind and lends itself to malevolent folks who promulgate self-serving agendas.  I also understand completely how the process/action which is not seen (thought) allows compromise to maneuver and manipulate many people’s sense of values and principles which in turn open the door for hypocrisy to take root and flourish..If we paid closer attention to the behavior and actions (not rhetoric) of  said folks who demand our steadfast adherence to these fundamental values/principles we would acknowledge their blatant hypocritical posturing and require the same of them. Unless of course we choose to be swept up in a wave of ignorance and denial ourselves for whatever reasons…Which of course is exactly what the trumpeteers have elected to do!!
Pervasive describes things that spread through a place to become established everywhere.
Ubiquitous describes things that are everywhere in a place because it is the nature of that place to have those ubiquitous things.
You see, hypocrisy begins to spread throughout a place if left unchecked or unchallenged and if not brought to the forefront, it will inevitably become established and rooted there.. Once this has transpired, it is now pervasive and ubiquitous (everywhere) becoming the nature of  the place and those nefarious things (people) that inhabit it. So now, Let us just take a moment here for just a tad bit of retrospection (reflection or reviewing past events or situations).
I heard a pale skinned man say that ( if elected to the highest office in this land) that he would build a great wall on his country’s border to prevent Mexican immigrants from entering his country and that Mexico would pay for the construction of that wall.
I heard a pale skinned man claim that he would make his country (America) great again.
I heard a pale skinned man boast of how  wealthy he is and how he used a system to write off debts that in turn exempted him from certain tax obligations.
I heard a pale-skinned man say that he would not turn over his tax returns  for review (why not, if there is nothing to hide)? Me thinks that there is….
I heard this pale-skinned man say that he would repeal the Affordable Care Act that provides health insurance coverage for over 30 million Americans (no replacement mind you).
I heard a pale-skinned man say that when you are a star, that they (woman) let you do anything.(Grab them by the pussy, you can do anything). WTF, Is this what you want your daughters to hear spewing from the mouth of a person she is supposed to respect and admire…Really?  
I heard this pale skinned man incite and welcome violence with his careless rhetoric and then when someone acts on it, he denies any culpability.. He will later claim that his remarks were taken out of context, misconstrued and that it wasn’t what he meant.
I heard this pale-skinned man invite Russia to hack his rival, Hillary Clinton’s e-mails..
There is so much more that this pale-skinned man has said but I think you kinda get my drift. This type of irresponsible rhetoric and unacceptable behavior was consistently displayed throughout his campaign and only mildly criticized which would indicate a clearly he is mentally unfit for the office and definitely is someone who is not to be trusted… yet, he was elected. Of course the Republican party had no comments…No backbones!! Why? Well you know “Birds of a feather flock together”!!
Somehow, we have allowed exception to the rule and lowered the bar for this asinine and classless pale-skinned man where others would have been ostracized, repudiated and lambasted for the same.. Make no doubt about it, if it were President O’Bama, he would have been .. So, one would most surely ask, why was this buffoon given a pass? Here in lies the old familiar ally of pale-skinned people (double standard ). How is it possible that a man who not only demonstrates a low level of IQ, an incompetent level of articulation, an extremely shallow tolerance for criticism (thin skin), has consistently made disparaging, disrespectful, demeaning and hateful remarks about other human beings and is completely unapologetic for it, be elected POTUS? This is a man who is void of integrity, principles and moral ethics, all of which would have been a prerequisite for anyone else seeking the office…
There is this old adage about the fruit not falling far from the tree that bears it and that would definitely apply here. So, allow me to give ya’ll a synopsis of their history…You see although you will not find this taught in any conventional schools (and most pale-skinned folks will vehemently deny it),  but the majority of the first pale-skinned people of Europe that came to the Americas were of a trash class completely void of any decency, values or principles as were the so-called elite class  who weren’t any different. They just had money, power and influence but still carried the same stench! All of England was rife with poverty so the Crown as well as other nobles wanted to rid the country of this heavy burden and ship them off to the Americas under the guise of indentured servitude (slaves)..
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Letter to T.O. and Those

Hey my brother,

Firstly and foremost let me personally acknowledge and congratulate you brother on what has been an outstanding and stellar world of fame career as one of the most prolific and premier wide receivers to ever play in the NFL. You have no doubt established your place in the upper echelon of professional athletes and in the annals of NFL history as one of the best to have ever played the game. Personally I am enormously grateful to have had the privilege of witnessing your astounding athletic talent and contribution to the game…. So I ask, what do you need the NFL Hall of Fame for? 

Secondly, I have been trying to figure out for the longest time why some of the most highly accomplished African/American (Black) athletes as well as actors and entertainers have this incessant need to be recognized by white America for their achievements and success? What the heck is that all about? Is it because they have been conditioned to do so and don’t really recognize it or is it just ego? More than likely it’s a combination of both!!!

Why do folks need these white established/invented institutions to serve as an acclamation and final exclamation point on ones professional career and level of greatness? What purpose do they really serve?

As far as I’m concerned, these institutions are another form of mental and emotional enslavement (although they weren’t intended to be) for our brothers and sisters and others. Since when does any person (esp. one of color) need the affirmation of another to rate or validate their contributions or the level of their performance? Whenever a person buys into that type of mentality, they have placed themselves at the mercy of those who have invented the process as well as those who vote ( most of whom are white). These puny pompous people with their nomination/induction process and ceremonial event revel in the thought that their otherwise meaningless existence at this particular time has some relevant power (it does not). Only if you subscribe to the process and recognize it as valid.

White folks created these institutions of so-called prominence, acclaim and fame so that they can decide who meets the standard of excellence (something they’ve also have manufactured) and who has the honor of gracing its walls and corridors for folks to gawk at in wonderment. It is a part of the conditioning process that occurs very early in one’s life.. Rewards for Excellence.. Man it is all so pretentious and subjective and actually when it comes down to it, it means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of life, the world and the universe…

For most, I guess it serves as the final stamp of approval and recognition (from a select group of people who have probably never played a down) and just maybe one last widely publicized and nationally televised stroke for the ego. Oh please, please, please I need some stroking…What do you mean, I’m not worthy to be inducted into the Hall of Fame? Really???

Well, most of us seem to need a pat on the back for a job well done.. Although it’s gotta be a huge disappointment when it doesn’t come through. But hey, that is exactly what one has to expect when one relies on others to validate who they are and what they have accomplished.. You are now at their mercy and most of them are recklessly intoxicated with that notion… It’s gives them what they perceive as the power to validate or not. Which I guess can be a crushing blow to most. Personally, I wouldn’t give a crap or give them the pleasure…Just my pennies worth!!

Just a final note; I am all for excellence. Yes, be the best that you can possibly be. Do not settle for mediocrity and let your body of work speak for you,  not someone else’s standard of excellence..

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Conversation With A White Man

It is said that you never really know how someone really feels until you have a conversation with that person. I recently had the opportunity to engage in one such conversation and I must confess folks, it was quite revealing. Allow me to give you just a little back ground before I get started and I will refrain from using any names here.

Now, I have known this man whom I held in high regard (and to some extent, still do) for just a little over fourteen years through a working relationship. However, you know what they say; “I know him but I really don’t know him”. He comes across as very compassionate, understanding, personable and an honest person. Extremely easy to talk with and from what I could surmise then and still to this day, he does not have a single racist bone in his being… He’s  intelligent, disciplined, methodical, calculating, loyal and driven to be successful, all of which are qualities that I respect, admire and have personally aspired to incorporate in my life…His smile and demeanor are very disarming and could leave one with the impression of a docile man…But make no mistake about it, he’s a sly fox and skilled predator who knows how to shake people up in order to get what he needs to get done…These are for the most part pretty much common traits in all successful business men and women..
I first met him, by way of a referral through about 15 years ago through some IT Techs who were impressed with me and my work…So they helped to open the door for me to work with and for this man and it has proven to be a very successful and rewarding business relationship for both of us.  His business had grown exponentially over the years and I was entrusted with building the communications and data infrastructure for his over thirty locations.. Each location opened without a hitch and when he had sold the business out a few yeas ago, I had nothing to complain about because he took me along for the ride and I will always be grateful for the opportunity he gave me. So when he very recently decided to pursue another business venture, I was contacted and with some hesitation ( only because I had retired) opted in… Besides, I was contemplating doing a little something on the side anyway to keep me somewhat occupied.
So now, a few weeks ago while working at a new location, I was sitting in an office performing a little programming…He walks in, asks me how am I doing and gives me a fist bump ( cause he knows that I’m not a hand shaker)..
He then proceeds to talk about black people and how we need to stop bringing up slavery and what happened forty years ago. Man, you know I just had to take a moment to let this marinate and think about whether or not he really understood the gravity of what he was saying. Was this a statement that he truly believed in his heart or was he just regurgitating some BS that he and a lot of folks like him have heard other people say over the years and even more so lately.. I mean I gotta tell ya, I had to catch myself because either he was being extremely audacious or was just plain ignorant because stupid he is not. Did he really feel that comfortable with me that he could speak that openly with me? Was he really that disconnected or did he possibly feel that because of his position (You know, the man who signs my checks) and being white, that this actually granted him that privilege? I really had no answer but I definitely wanted to put him in check.
He continued talking about my people as though he were some expert on African-American history,culture and behavior.  You know that mentality that most white folks have which is that (we all look and act alike)..This man’s ancestors not only enslaved Africans but committed some of the most heinous and cruelest atrocities against my people and now we should just forget about it!! You see, it’s like saying if someone get’s their ass whipped every single day for years, well they should let bygones be bygones.  Hell no, you need to always remember that shit because they may just try to do it again and you need to be ready for it!! I can almost guarantee you one thing and that is, if the situation were reversed  he wouldn’t be trying to forget  about it and odds are he’d be more than likely thinking about how he could get revenge and possibly turn the tables..That’s just how most white folks roll man..They don’t forget and they don’t forgive, they find a way to get even with your ass…
He then to talked about what Trump had said regarding the state of Black people and how the Obama administration had done practically nothing for us and what did we have to lose by voting for Trump?  Sadly to say there are a lot of black folks  that feel the very same way…You know it’s very interesting and just a bit comical just how much white folks forget how we got into this predicament in the first place. They always seem to conveniently have a lapse in memory of how white America has always managed to put various strangle hold measures in place that pretty much impeded the progress of most Black people.
You see, they don’t want to talk about that imbecile Bush 43 and his administration’s lack of oversight which allowed the economy, wall street, and housing market to crash and how we were inextricably plunged into a financial crisis.. How their rapaciousness dragged us into an unnecessary war, how he blew a trillion-dollar surplus and how the pentagon misplaced 2.3 Trillion dollars all under his watch (oh and let us not forget about that inside 911 job that they’d like us to believe was committed by some folks from a third world desert country)…Yeah, these so-called Saudi terrorists were slicker than the US intelligence department which probably wrote the book on slick aka espionage and covert activity…But they are sure quick to point out how badly we’re doing under Obama (click link) who just happened to create millions more jobs than Bush, as though his administration did such an outstanding job. Really??(SMH)….He also wanted to make a point of just how much black on black crime there is and the high number of murders that are being committed these days and how disproportionately the percentages are as it relates to blacks being killed by cops  as opposed to whites being killed by cops and that cops should be given  due process. I had to remind him that our brothers and sisters who were being executed by these cops were also entitled to that same due process but were denied it by a cops bullet that rendered their own form of justice (death). I also let him know that my people will stop talking about the injustices when the injustices stop and that we’ll stop talking about slavery when white folks stop talking about the holocaust, pearl harbor,the 911 hoax and other atrocities that they suffered. They would have been talking about white slavery but it hasn’t impacted them as it has black folks and besides they don’t want to be telling folks that their ancestors were once enslaved by their own!!!!They’ll deny that all the way to their graves and claim it was indentured servitude.. They always like to make foul shit that they have done sound palatable….Much easier to digest!
Why is that white folks are always trying to tell black folks what we should and should not be doing and what we should and should not talk about? You ever notice how when you bring up all the foul shit that they’ve done, their response is ( that’s in the past) no need to bring up shit from the past and how we need to get beyond it and move forward… They always want to sell us on how good Blacks have it now and some BS about how great  and virtuous they are in order to keep folks distracted from the truths. You know, like we should be thankful that we’re not still slaves and we should shut the hell up….You see, this is the kinda ignorant self-righteous, holier than thou condescending mentality that could make a righteous people become ruthless and wicked and want to inflict some serious pain upon them but most black folk are just not like that.. Maybe we need to be, to some extent!!! 
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The Power of Influence (POTUS Election 2016)

Perception Influences Perspective

 
My last post I wrote a little about the “power of self” and this post as you can see is about the “power of influence”. Both of these correlate with one another because one cannot happen without affecting the other in some fashion (be that good or bad). We are all influenced in some manner or another and that can happen in many ways. I read this book called (The Psychology of Influence and Persuasion written by: Robert D. Cialdini, PhD) and I couldn’t help but think of how much it applies to this 2016 Presidential campaign and all the negative and repulsive ( yet revealing ) comments and antics that surrounded and enveloped it.  This book as well as this election is an in-debt revealing look into the weapons of persuasion and how they are implemented.. Unbeknownst to us, we encounter and fall prey to them almost every waking hour, minute and second of the day…
 
The “power of self” can also be an influence on not just our lives but the lives of others both indirectly and directly. Basically, what it boils down to is how one or the other is used.. Now these can be negative or positive but either way they are interlocked. Weapons of persuasion are used to affect our thoughts and emotions which will yield the desired effect. In this case, the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election!!!
 
This election has been exactly that, an overwhelmingly display of influence and weapons of persuasion. It serves as a classic example of how folks have allowed things they heard, things they wanted to hear but didn’t or things they thought they heard, things they saw, things they wanted to see but didn’t or things they thought they saw  affect their judgment and now we and the world bear witness to its effect . They have allowed elements or mediums outside of themselves to take complete control of their minds and emotions and affect them immensely without much evaluation. That which impacts our perception will ultimately affect our perspective.. The massive  amount of energy and effort set in motion campaigns on both sides whose purpose or intent was to ultimately persuade folks to vote for their respective candidates. There were also other entities, sources and people who individually and some collectively who spoke of how they felt about both candidates whether positively or negatively attempting to influence and persuade folks to vote or not to vote for these candidates. This occurred from all ethnic, religious and special interest groups. To sum it up, it was an immense aggregation and amalgamation of propaganda, emotions, thoughts, stink and garbage… Speaking of religion, isn’t there supposed to be a separation of church and state?? Oh that’s right, only when it is a matter of convenience and agendas……
 Hypocrites!!! But ya’ll go ahead and keep listening and following these impostors and crooks masked in the cloth of righteousness….B.S.

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The Power of Self

Questions to self;

What do I want out of life?

Do I have any idea of what it is that I am seeking?

Do I find myself on a seemingly perilous journey that appears to lead to nowhere?

Do I often times wander aimlessly about with no real sense of purpose or direction?

Do I feel as though I am irrelevant and that my life has no meaning?

Do I find myself admiring the life of others and feel shameful about  the life that I am living?

If you have answered yes to all of these questions then you are wasting your life away…If you have answered yes to one or two then you definitely still have some soul-searching to do..If you don’t understand anything about yourself, what could you possibly hope to understand about others and life in general?

You see life is a construct of many unknowns and can be just a little bit confusing at times. The worse is not knowing oneself and not understanding what we are capable of. If we have not been given fundamental teachings of principles and morals  in our homes or elsewhere, then we are left to our own devices. I know this all too well and have lived it…

Principle; a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.

Morals; a person’s standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do.

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